With a background in daily newspapers, I am an award-winning freelance journalist, specialising in travel and tourism. I am a regular contributor to a wide range of print and online newspaper travel sections, consumer and trade magazines, inflight magazines and websites. I’m also regularly creating new content for my blog, A Glass Half Full.
In 2016, I won the Best Travel & Tourism News Story category of the Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW) Awards for Excellence. I have also been a finalist for Best Use of Digital Media (2013 and 2014), Best Responsible Tourism Story (2012), Best Australian Story over 1000 words (2012), and Travel Book of the Year (2014) for A Glass Half Full and other travel stories, a collection of some of my work.
I am also the author of the best selling Great Australian Pubs (Explore Australia, 2012), and of Frommer’s Australia (updated annually), and have been the author or a contributing author for many other guides including Australia for Dummies, Rough Guide to Australia, Explore Australia, Frommer’s Easy Guide to Australia, Frommer’s Melbourne Free & Dirt Cheap, Frommer’s Melbourne Day by Day, and Frommer’s Portable Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
I am the co-editor and a contributor to two anthologies, Best Foot Forward: 30 Years of Australian Travel Writing (2006) and Red Dust & Wanderlust, Tales of Travel in Australia (2010). In 2012 I edited and co-ordinated the anthology Snapshots of Sri Lanka, to benefit a children’s charity in that country. I have also written and co-written several other books.
A creative and professional writer, I also provide images to accompany my words. I have been a contributing writer for a number of online Australian travel guides for the USA and UK markets, and am currently the “Queensland expert” travel writer and hotel reviewer for The Telegraph (UK). I have undertaken content writing projects for a range of companies including Google, Air New Zealand, Hilton Hotels, Tourism & Events Queensland and Spicers Retreats.
I regularly participate in lectures and courses on writing, freelancing and media. For the past seven years, I have been a part-time lecturer and tutor in journalism at both the University of Queensland School of Communication and Arts and at Queensland University of Technology (QUT)’s Creative Industries faculty. In 2016, I was accepted into the professional doctorate program at QUT, studying ethics in travel journalism.